Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 128

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chapter 3: Verse-5

na hi kascit ksanam api
jätu tisthaty akarma-krt
käryate hy avasah karma
sarvah prakrti-jair gunaih[1]


Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.


It is not a question of embodied life, but it is the nature of the soul to be always active. Without the presence of the spirit soul, the material body cannot move. The body is only a dead vehicle to be worked by the spirit soul, which is always active and cannot stop even for a moment. As such, the spirit soul has to be engaged in the good work of krsna consciousness, otherwise it will be engaged in occupations dictated by illusory energy. In contact with material energy, the spirit soul acquires material modes, and to purify the soul from such affinities it is necessary to engage in the prescribed duties enjoined in the sästras. .



  1. na=nor; hi=certainly; kascit=anyone; ksanam=a moment; api=also; jätu=at any time; tisthati=remains; akarma-krt=without doing something; käryate=is forced to do; hi=certainly; avasah=helplessly; karma=work; sarvah=all; prakrti-jaih=born of the modes of material nature; guëaih=by the qualities.

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